Panch Mahabhoot Tatvas or The Main Five Elements of which the whole universe is made up of is the basis of all life. The Earth (Prithvi), Water (Jal), fire (Agni), Space (Akaash) and Air(Vayu) need to be in harmony inside the body for us to remain healthy. Vastu serves to balance all the main five elements outside our body to keep our environment healthy and vibrant.
Earth: The basic of our life. We are affected by the earth in so many ways, its gravitational force and magnetic field have a tremendous effect on us. When Vastu advises to keep the head in south direction while sleeping, it does so, on the basis of the magnetic property of the earth. Keeping in line with magnetic field helps us to harness the positive energy from the cosmos. This keeps us fit and healthy. Vastu deals in detail with the parameters like the type of soil, minerals present, shape, size and slope which forms the basis for site selection and type of construction that can be done. Earth is also linked to our five senses of hearing, smell, touch, taste and sight and therefore exercises a great deal of influence on us. Earth accomplishes all our need; it is the provider of solidarity, permanence, balance and prudence in our character. It is important to balance this element in our environment to achieve stability in all the aspects of our life especially in career, relationships and behaviour.
Water: Water is fundamental in ensuring a clear continuous growth. Most part of the living bodies are made up of water and various functions of the body require water for smooth functioning. Having enough water symbolizes good inflow of funds. Since water flows, it is attributed with ability to clean. It symbolizes continuity and clarity in life. Its balanced state makes people have a clear vision of their life, realize the opportunities and have a strong immune system and health. With its imbalance health takes a back-seat, undue stress and tensions crop up. And mental peace is lost.
Space: Space is most widely spread element of all. Space is all around us, the unending universe consisting of all the heavenly bodies consist of space. Space signifies both growth and expansion in all the aspects of our life. The main attribute of space is sound therefore it signifies the importance of connectivity also. The balanced state of space in our environment leads to our healthy mental and physical being, enrichment of relationships and enhancements in business and profits. On the other hand imbalance of the space element leads to obstacles in fulfilment of ambitions, losses in business, a feeling of being constantly perplexed and uncertain about the future.
Fire: Fire forms an equally important part of the five elements Fire represents heat and light. From early ages fire has been used as a tool for protection and transformation. Even hard metals like iron lose their shape in fire; therefore Fire is the basis of all the life processes. It symbolizes life. If balanced, it can have huge constructive effects on your life. Fire is equated to money, fame and power. It also brings the required warmth to the relationships. Since it the power behind all the life processes, its imbalanced state leads to unnecessary stress, defamations, and litigations, health problems like acidity and indigestion and frequent breakdown of electronics or machinery. The factors related to heat and light should be taken care of during the construction plan itself.
Air: Air supports life. Therefore this element is associated with growth in our life. Air also symbolizes movement in our life. Well ventilated spaces always tend to bring freshness to a place. Our senses of sound, touch and feel are related to air. A balanced state of this element brings excitement, bliss and freshness to our life. It provides us with the necessary spirit to take risk and grow in life. An imbalanced state may lead to inflexibility, confusion and instability. The person starts feeling of being static in all aspects of life i.e. no positive growth. Health issues like joint pain and skin infections may also be experienced.
Since all the main five elements are attributed with some powers, their balanced state allows an obstacle- free flow of life energies. Their congruent and balanced creation leads to a peaceful and harmonious life for the occupants. Any imbalance creates negative energies or blocks the proper flow of energies which leads to physical, mental and emotional unhappiness.